General Degree Requirements
The doctoral degree program with a major in Educational Administration and Supervision consists of a minimum of 90 semester hours of graduate credit. Forty-eight semester hours must be completed at Ball State. A master's degree is required.
A minimum of 15 semester hours in research is required prior to DISS 799.
The following courses are required:
An additional 3 hours are required from the following:
Other research courses in qualitative research may be helpful to the student conducting his/her dissertation research.
Each student is required to write a dissertation on a topic approved by the committee. Students sign up for three hours of DISS 799 each semester (except summer) for a total of 10 dissertation hours.
Required Courses in the Major:
The doctoral student will ordinarily have taken the following educational administration courses for the master's in educational administration, administrative license, and/or the Ed.S. Degree in School Superintendency. A minimum of 40 hours of graduate work is required in the major, a majority of which must be taken at Ball State University.
Ed.S. Required Courses:
Additional Courses in the Major
The doctoral student must have either two cognate fields (or minors) consisting of a minimum of 15 hours each or a single cognate field consisting of a minimum of 24 hours. For the 15-hour cognate, 9 hours must be taken at Ball State University; 12 hours of the 24-hour cognate must be taken at Ball State University. Cognates are available in all university major fields of study for the master's, specialist, and doctoral degrees. In addition, cognates are offered in composition, foundations of business, general field of education, gifted studies, higher education, history, philosophy, and sociology of education, literary theory, literature, marriage and family counseling, neuropsychology, psychology of human development, teacher education in higher education, the teaching of English, theory of computing, and research methodology.
The student's doctoral committee is appointed after the student has been admitted to study for the doctoral degree--usually near the end of the first year of doctoral work. Until the committee has been appointed, the director of the doctoral program or a delegated representative will serve as the program advisor for the student.
The residence requirement for this degree is completion of at least 15 semester hours in two consecutive semesters of graduate work beyond the master's degree. Summer may be used as one of the semesters for residency purposes.
The student applies for admission to the doctoral degree program by submitting the following to the Graduate School:
The student submits a professional portfolio consisting of the following to the Department of Educational Leadership:
When admission materials have been received, the Department of Educational Leadership reviews and evaluates all application materials. As part of the evaluation, the applicant may be invited to campus for a personal interview. Following the evaluation, the Department makes a recommendation to the Dean of Teachers College and the Dean of the Graduate School, who make the final decision and notify the candidate.
After admission, the student must begin coursework within two years, and all requirements for the degree must be met within seven years from the date of the first course taken after admission to the doctoral program.
Criteria for Selection
The Department of Educational Leadership considers primarily the following criteria in determining its recommendation: the applicant's Graduate Record Examination Scores; the grade point average in previously completed graduate work; the content of reference letters; the compatibility of the degree program with the applicant's goals/needs; other evidence of advanced graduate academic skills (writing, research, etc); and relevant career or life experiences/accomplishments.
A limited number of doctoral assistantships, awarded on a competitive basis, are available to candidates who are accepted into the doctoral program. In addition to the assistantship stipend, doctoral students receive a remission of the contingent portion of the general fee, remission of the graduate course fee, and an out-of-state fee waiver.
For additional information contact
Dr. Kendra Lowery
Doctoral Program Director
Department of Educational Leadership
Teachers College Room 928D
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0590
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